I stood stunned seven stories above the bunker floor, looking down at a mechanical claw that was stacking waste and making room for more - the magnitude of waste we generate piercing my inside. In photographing the landfill, waste-to-energy facilities and recycling centers, I saw the residue of our cultural over-consumption and it has lead me to question whether we are aware of the amount we consume, whether we are mindful of the volume of material we throw away that can be reused - are we conscious of the footprint we are creating on the earth?
Sujata Khanna is a social documentary photographer from Delhi, India. In 2013 she earned a Professional Certificate in Photography from Maine Media College. As a student she was awarded the Arnold Newman Scholarship.
Prior to immersing herself into photography, Sujata worked for eight years in India and other international locations for organizations including the British Red Cross and Save the Children UK. Her work for these non-profits focused on children’s rights issues and child protection.
Sujata’s love for photography stems from her passion for capturing moments, narrating human stories, and sharing her experience of the world. Intuition guides her craft. She continues to meld these interests of photography and advocacy in her work.
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